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Recognition of Foreign Degrees and Qualifications

People from different backgrounds live together in Berlin. Regardless of where someone was born, where they grew up and completed their school career, learned a trade, studied or perhaps worked for a long time in a profession, their knowledge, experience and skills can be used for further education or their occupation can be recognised.

What is recognised?

People from different backgrounds live together in Berlin. Regardless of where someone was born, where they grew up and completed their school career, learned a trade, studied or perhaps worked for a long time in a profession, their knowledge, experience and skills can be used for further education or their occupation can be recognised.

Is a recognition procedure a must?

In most cases, foreign qualifications do not have to be officially recognised in order to take up a specific professional activity in Germany. In these cases, it is the responsibility of the employer or business partner to assess foreign qualifications. Nevertheless, a German language certificate assessment from a certification authority can be useful for you, especially when applying for a job, since a company can then better assess your qualifications.

Where can I have my qualification recognised?

In all recognition procedures, your foreign certificate will be examined by a competent certification authority and compared to a German qualification. Depending on the qualification acquired, different offices in Berlin are responsible for the recognition, which we present to you on the following pages.

Recognition of School Qualifications

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At the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family, you can have your school leaving certificates recognised that you acquired in Germany or abroad. If you apply for admission to a university, the university or uni-assist will carry out the recognition. More information

Final degrees, academic degrees and titles

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If a university degree is to be recognised, it depends on whether it leads to a regulated or a non-regulated profession. In the first case an assessment is necessary, in the second case it is not required by law but is often helpful. More information

Recognition of qualifications as a teacher

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If you want to work as a teacher in the public schools in Berlin but have completed your teacher training abroad, equivalence must be determined in advance. Your application will be examined in the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family (german only). More information

Recognition of social educational qualifications earned abroad

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The recognition of your foreign social work degree in the field of social work / social education, childhood education and special needs education as well as the corresponding GDR qualifications takes place in the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family. More information

Recognition of Professional Qualifications Acquired Abroad

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Have you learned a trade abroad and would like to work in Germany? A formal recognition procedure is necessary for a large number of so-called regulated professions. On the following pages you will find links to the competent professional associations and Senate Departments. More information